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Porkburgers or Porkies
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This recipe details how I make my own porkburgers in China; I call them, "Porgies", for no reason. The recipe is very similar to beefburgers, except I cannot buy minced beef in China, or not economically. Please realise, Hamburgers are a very different thing.
Hamburgers were the original version of beefburgers, and whilst the name is still used, most modern people now expect them to have a beef filling. This is a shame because the pork version if cooked correctly is extremely tasty.

Making Porkies China is very easy, easier than beefburgers, and I doubt you will even know they are pork.

We begin by finding the meat, which is available in any wet market or supermarket. You will find this on one of the stalls that sells home made meatballs. Usually there are three pots of meaty goo: the gray coloured one is minced fish, and the other two are minced pork. Go for the basic pink one and buy about a pound of it. You will find it is also very cheap.
Things You'll Need: Image: A home-made Porkburger
This burger features sliced Edam, a hint of whole grain mustard, and lashings of Hellmann's mayonnaise
Hamburger buns, I use white sliced bread.
Large chopping board.
Chinese chopper or spatula.
Heavy frying pans (Cast iron are best).
• 1 lb. ground pork (USA for minced pork).
• 1-2 minced scallions (USA for spring onions) or one white onion.
• Optional: raw or blanched diced garlic.
• A pinch of sage well spread about.
• 1 tsp. each of salt and pepper

Step 1

Put the meat on a large chopping board and spread it around to form a rectangle. Add the chopped onions to the minced pork, add the garlic (if using), sage, salt and pepper, and mix thoroughly without overworking. You may prefer to add a little more pepper, but this comes with experience.

Step 2
Flatten the pork into patties to suit your preference. Mine are usually less than 1/2-inch thick, and I size them to be slightly bigger than the buns or bread I will serve them in.
Note: 'Patties' is American for 'Burgers'.
Cooking Tips:

Step 3
Set stove-top grill or burner to medium-high. Preheat nonstick frying pan. The pan is at the correct temperature when a drop of water dances on its surface rather than sticking to it.

Step 4
Add a little oil and place patties in the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 5
Flip patties and cook for another minute, and then add sliced cheese to the tops of patties if desired. You can buy cheese slices in any good supermarket in China, including 'Kraft' brand. My favourite is thinly sliced Edam cheese, which I buy in large balls for a pittance. This needs longer cooking than processed cheese slices, I suggest you watch the pan and serve at the moment of perfection.

Step 6
Cover pan and allow burgers to cook for a final 2 minutes. Cook 3 to 4 minutes for well-done burgers.

Step 7
Remove hamburgers from pan and place in hamburger buns; I use normal white sliced bread most of the time. Add condiments and toppings such as ketchup and/or Hellmann's mayonnaise, mustard, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, red onions, and pickles as per your choice. I like to use the French whole-grain mustard, which has a delicate sour taste that goes well with these burgers, and is not too tart. Things like this mustard, the onion, and garlic, will help to "cut the fat" as I call it; meaning no heartburn afterwards. Serve with french fries.


1. Add a rasher of bacon for a tasty treat. You can cook this at the same time as the burgers.
2. Serve with salsa, chilli sauce, and diced capsicums for something completely different.

Breakfast Muffins

These pork based patties are ideal for imitating the stalwart breakfast muffins as sold in MacDonald's and KFC. Our recipe is virtually identical to above, except we are going to add an extra teaspoon of ground black pepper to the preparatory mix. You can also add a pinch of ground nutmeg, a little ground ginger, and a hint of Chinese Ziran powder if you have any of these in your cupboard.
Shape the patties to the size of your bread or buns as before, ensuring you are using a savoury bread. I prefer to make these patties 1/4 inch thick and square. They are then ideal to be put into half a slice of bread and folded over. If using thinner patties, reduce the secondary cooking time to suit, as you do not want these to burn.

You can still add the cheese slice if you like, but do remember to cook an egg and add to the bread. I simply fry one with the patties, but ideally you should purchase a shape or metal dish and shape the egg, preferably poaching it also.
Image: Pork mince as bought from the local wet market - Click to Enlarge
Essential makings of a great 'Porkie'
This information is as supplied by ourselves, and ably supported by our friends and various internet portals. In addition we personally wish to thank my Mother for sharing with us all her excellent culinary skills and basic recipe.
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